What is a breast lift?
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that is performed to reshape and lift sagging breasts. Mastopexy is performed by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the surrounding, supportive tissue. This results in the breasts sitting higher on the chest, giving them a lifted, firmer appearance. It should be noted that a breast lift does not enhance or reduce breast size, so patients often choose to combine the procedure with a breast reduction or breast augmentation.
Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?
The best candidates for mastopexy are women who are in good general good health. Typically, candidates for breast lift surgery have one or more of the following traits:
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Deflated or flat breasts
- Breasts that have lost volume or shape
- Sagging breasts
- Downward pointing nipple
How is mastopexy performed?
Breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed using general anesthesia. The type of incision used depends on the size, shape, and degree of sagging of the breasts. These incisions are:
- A keyhole shaped incision around the areola, down to the breast crease
- An anchor shaped incision, starting at the breast crease and ending around the areola.
The ring incisions is used on smaller breasts. This kind of incision leaves minimal scarring. The anchor shaped incision is used on breasts that have significant sagging and excess skin.
Once the incisions are made, excess tissue is removed and the breast is reshaped. This results in a lifted, contoured breast. When the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed with stitches.
Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery
As mastopexy is performed as a cosmetic procedure, it has many personal benefits. In addition to cosmetic benefits, breast lift surgery also has a number of functional benefits. A number of breast lift benefits are as follows:
- Improved self-esteem
- A last touch after major weight loss
- Fuller appearance
- Maintain the ability to breast feed after the surgery
- A more youthful look
- Reduced chaffing under breast
- Back and neck relief from droopy breasts
During your consultation, Dr. Olack will discuss how a breast lift will benefit you personally.
Breast Lift with Implants
Many women who are seeking a lift are also seeking to restore or add volume to their breasts. Here at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we offer mastopexy combined with breast imlants. Combining a breast lift with implants is a great way to reshape and resize your breasts, enhancing their overall appearance. Not only will the breasts appear perkier, they will also have a more robust, full, and youthful look.
Breast Lift with Implants Before and After Photos
Patients typically report experiencing bruising, swelling, and soreness for the first few days following surgery. For a week after surgery, an elastic band/surgical bra is wrapped around the breasts. Following the first week, a support bra must be worn for at least a month. While most patients return to work within a week, we recommend that strenuous activity be avoided for at least a month following surgery.
Risks of Breast Lift Surgery
While mastopexy is generally considered to be a safe procedure, no surgery is without risks. Risks specific to breast lift surgery include:
- Breast Asymmetry
- Deformed breast shape
- Increase nipple/breast sensititvity
- Partial or full loss of nipple
Mastopexy surgery can produce visible scars. However, patients who report scarring also report scar fading over time. If you have any questions regarding the potential risks of breast lift surgery, be sure to ask Dr. Olack prior to your procedure.
Breast Lift Results
The results of a breast lift are immediate. Patients who underwent the procedure with realistic expectations report high satisfaction with their results. Even as aging continues to effect the breasts, mastopexy results are long lasting.